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updates 4/10 4/17 05-Apr-2015 10:49

The Shortwave Report 04/03/15 Listen Globally!

shortwave report From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 4.10.15 | 4.17.15
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, and Sputnik Radio.

The latest Shortwave Report (April 3) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

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updateds 3/13 3/20 3/27 05-Mar-2015 21:39

The Shortwave Report 03/06/15 Listen Globally!

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Updated Post: 3.13.15 | 3.20.15 | 3.27.15
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Sputnik Radio, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.

The latest Shortwave Report (March 6) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

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updated 2.27 21-Feb-2015 12:00

The Shortwave Report 2/20/15 Listen Globally!

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Updated Post: 2.27.15.
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio.

The latest Shortwave Report (February 20) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

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imperialism & war | media criticism 09-Feb-2015 20:03

The Shortwave Report 02/06/15 Listen Globally!

shortwave report From the open publishing newswire:
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, Sputnik Radio, and NHK World Radio Japan.

The latest Shortwave Report (February 6) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

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media criticism | political theory 25-Jan-2015 14:23

Simon Says

From the open publishing newswire: Organized Snitch programs like Tip Submit and Community Alerts are manipulating communities to target progressive writers and Activists.

In the new millennium, we have seen trends in group behavior: Flash mobs, Smart mobs, Zombie races, Zombie this, that and whatever. (One has to wonder about the popularity of the Zombie, a creature who cannot think, but only destroy.) These trends appeal to people's desire to be accepted and have fun as a group, but also show their desire to conform. We have seen many follow group behavior in a fun and entertaining way, however, a very negative form of group behavior has evolved over the last ten years. [...]

Even real Law Enforcement can be manipulated by an angry mob who constantly call in to report on someone they have been manipulated into hating. The Tip Submit Program to anonymously report on someone can be used against innocent people by the unscrupulous or even by an overzealous Neighborhood Watch. In 2005 a female colleague (a very bad bully) bragged to me that she had reported on me to some high-ranking security official, but refused to tell me what she had said. I never saw her again after that and have no idea about the accusation.

This organized snitch system is horribly wrong. Also, the snitches appear to be hounding innocent people. They don't question anything. They do not ask the person if whatever has been said, is true. Instead, they merely follow. Simon says, "Don't ask questions." [...]

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media criticism | political theory 25-Jan-2015 14:05

10 Strategies of Manipulation Revisited

From the open publishing newswire: Sylvain Timsit shows how society is influenced and what information is deemed relevant. Since information always leads to perception and perception is the basis of all action, information also explains the social reality and the change of social reality. Society can be manipulated without a critical mass of people realizing this. link to libyaagainstsuperpowermedia.org

"10 STRATEGIES OF MANIPULATION" REVISITED

How whole populations can be guided

By Jascha Jaworski

[This article published on 8/10/2013 is translated abridged from the German on the Internet,  http://www.heise.de/tp/druck/mb/artikel/39/39675/1.html.]

A list of "10 Strategies of Manipulation" [1] circulates on the Internet. These are strategies for steering whole populations. Sylvain Timsit is named in several places. Elsewhere a search ends with the French-speaking interdisciplinary journal Les cahiers psychologie politique [2] and Noam Chomsky is wrongly identified as the author. [...]

Updated posts on 1.9 1.16 1.22 1.30 01-Jan-2015 18:07

The Shortwave Report 01/02/15 Listen Globally!

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Updated Posts: 1.9.15. | 1.16.15. | 1.22.15. | 1.30.15.

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, NHK World Radio Japan, and Radio Havana Cuba.

The latest Shortwave Report (January 2) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

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Updated posts on 12.12. 12.19 12.26 06-Dec-2014 11:58

The Shortwave Report 12/05/14 Listen Globally!

shortwave report From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 12.12.14. | 12.19.14.12.26.14. A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home.

The latest Shortwave Report (December 5) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59)

This week's show features stories fromRadio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Sputnik, NHK World Radio Japan, and Radio Havana Cuba.

From GERMANY- 3 short reports about the Ebola crisis with opinions from the WHO, Doctors without Borders, and one of the scientists who first identified the virus. In Switzerland a referendum to create a cap on immigration was soundly defeated. Israeli PM Netanyahu has called elections 2 years ahead of schedule, saying that he would not tolerate any opposition in his government. At a NATO conference in Brussels more support for the Ukraine military was granted and a new fast reaction force was created with Russia in mind.
From RUSSIA- An Egyptian court sentenced 185 citizens to death for an attack on a police station. Egypt will make it illegal to "insult" the coup that placed General Sisi in power. Russia will build a new pipeline across the Black Sea to Turkey and abandon the plans for the south stream pipeline. The ruble is plummeting in exchange rates with the US dollar because of oil prices. Russia says that the election in Moldova was corrupt. Then an interview with an American professor Kim Cobb on the UN conference on Climate Change going on in Lima Peru.
From JAPAN- More details on the report that this year saw the highest global temperature in recorded history, underscoring the urgency of discussions on measures to fight global warming. Ukraine has formed a new pro-Western cabinet, including 3 non-Ukrainians granted citizenship by Presidential decree. The Occupy protests in Hong Kong became quite violent over the weekend, with many protestors injured- public support is said to be declining and founders of the movement are seeking new approaches. China warned Britain's lawmakers to stay out of the Hong Kong conflict. Marine Le Pen was reelected as leader of the right wing National Front Party- many observers see her as the leading candidate in the next Presidential election.
From CUBA- French lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of recognizing Palestine as an independent state. The UN general assembly has adopted an Arab backed resolution urging Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty- the US and Canada opposed the resolution that would have Israeli nuclear facilities subject to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Demonstrations in Mexico over the 43 missing students continued across the country, with demands for an end to government repression of protests. The founder of Argentinian human rights group Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo met with the parents of the missing 43 students in Mexico City. The Syrian government and several foreign-backed opposition groups have agreed to resume peace talks mediated by Russia.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line - http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves

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updated: 11.14 | 11.21 | 11.28 10-Nov-2014 10:36

The Shortwave Report 11/7/14 Listen Globally!

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Updated Posts: 11.14.14 | 11.21.14 | 11.28.14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home.

The latest Shortwave Report (November 7) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59)

This week's show features stories from Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.

From CUBA- The UN Climate Panel issued its most urgent appeal to date on the need to stop global warming. Mexican police captured the fugitive former mayor wanted for his role in the abduction of 43 missing students. French police fought with people protesting police brutality in several cities, following the death of a 21 year old environmental activist. This week saw new targeted assassinations by US drones in Yemen. According to the New York Times, in 2003 the Bush administration concealed the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq that had been developed with US support in the 1980s, and then denied medical care to the wounded American soldiers involved.
From RUSSIA- In the UK, the Green party has been gaining popularity along with the new UKIP political party. A discussion on the shift in political parties while the Greens are still excluded from televised debates.
From JAPAN- The lower house of Parliament in Japan passed a bill governing the storage of radioactive waste in Fukushima- it will remain there for 30 years. 44 countries are holding military exercises in the Persian Gulf led by the US Navy, which is also training 100 sea lions to find suspicious persons at sea. Doctors Without Borders reported that there is a rapid increase in Ebola in Sierra Leone. Russia has criticized Japan for joining Western countries in imposing sanctions on Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
From GERMANY- 3 reports on the situation in Ukraine- elections were held in eastern Ukraine which the West will not recognize. Britain threatened to leave the EU over the freedom of movement policy, Germany said the EU would be fine without them, and Britain is now trying to calm tensions. The Canadian military began dropping bombs on Islamic State positions in Iraq. Two suspected Palestinian drivers killed pedestrians in Jerusalem and the West Bank after Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. In Burkina Faso, western Africa, an agreement was reached Wednesday to stabilize the country following a military coup.

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updated 10.13 - 10.16 - 10.24 -10.31. 04-Oct-2014 13:38

The Shortwave Report 10/03/14 Listen Globally!

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Updated Posts: 10.10.14 | 10.16.14 | 10.24.14 | 10.31.14

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (October 3) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

From JAPAN- A volcano is erupting in central Japan land has killed at least 47, making it the worst eruption in post-war Japan. Japan has added new requirements for nuclear disposal sites- there are currently no permanent sites. The 2 nuclear power plants that meet new requirements for restart will not do so before the end of the year. In eastern Ukraine pro-Russian separatists discovered mass graves which appears to contain 400 executed citizens. Following that report some fighting erupted in Donetsk despite the ongoing ceasefire. Two reports on the Occupy protests in Hong Kong, including one stating that China is blocking media reports of the situation to its citizens.
From CHINA- The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Lee has been visiting President Obama and told him the Hong Kong protests are an internal affair and that Chinese sovereignty must be respected. UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon has condemned a deadly bombing near a school in Syria. Denmark has decided to send F-16 fighter jets and troops to aid in the war on Islamic State in Iraq, but not Syria.
From CUBA- With the assistance of Britain, the US led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have increased in number, and the US has officially relaxed standards aimed at preventing civilian deaths in the current raids. British anti-war activists are staging protests against British involvement in airstrikes this coming weekend. The new Afghani President signed a pact to retain US military in the country after this year's formal end to combat operations. The US is set to send 1400 troops to Liberia to help fight the spread of the Ebola virus.
From SPAIN- Spanish National Radio (or RTVE) plans to cease shortwave transmission, leading to a work stoppage. The Spanish government filed a legal appeal to stop the upcoming referendum on independence for Catalonia- campaigning has halted for now.
From GERMANY- The Australian government has passed the first in a series of new anti-terrorism laws which extend the powers of the secret intelligence services. A Somali-American was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempting to set off a fake bomb supplied by the FBI in Portland. A Brussels court has given permission for a prisoner to be voluntarily euthanized for psychiatric reasons. More than 3000 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean this year. The WorldWideFund for Nature says that the global wildlife has more than halved in the past 40 years, while human population has doubled.

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updates on Sept. 12 -18 - 26 06-Sep-2014 08:57

The Shortwave Report 09/05/14 Listen Globally!

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Updated Post: 9/12/14 | 9/19/14 | 9/26/14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, The Voice Of Russia, Spanish National Radio, and NHK Japan.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (September 5) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

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imperialism & war | media criticism 30-Aug-2014 22:17

The Shortwave Report 08/29/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming.

The latest Shortwave Report (August 29) is up at the website  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
(If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB}  http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed:  http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

From CUBA- Guatemala has declared a state of emergency for the ongoing drought and possible famine. Argentina has revoked authorization for the Bank of New York Mellon for blocking government payments. A report on Israeli airstrikes in Gaza on the day before the truce was enacted. A permanent ceasefire between Israel and Palestine was agreed upon on Tuesday. The Palestinian government has called on the UN and foreign states to investigate and try Israeli soldiers for war crimes.
From JAPAN- China and Vietnam have agreed to prevent the rift over oil rigs from worsening further. A court in Japan ordered the operator of the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant to pay almost half a million dollars in damages for the suicide of a woman who was forced to leave her home. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have vowed to seek independence from Kiev. Hundreds of people fleeing the fighting in eastern Ukraine have arrived in villages in Russia.
From GERMANY- Last weekend Ukrainian President Poroshenko pledged $3 billion in military spending. Germany called on Russia to explain reports of Russian soldiers in Ukraine. The French cabinet resigned on Monday in a dispute with President Hollande over austerity measures. On Tuesday Hollande named a former Rothschild banker as his new economy minister.
From SPAIN- More on the French cabinet reshuffle. Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy and German Chancellor Merkel met in Spain and agreed on emergency economic reforms and austerity measures.
From RUSSIA- Fighting in Libya between government and Islamic forces has increased and there were airstrikes from outside, though they were denied by all. This has led to the government asking for outside intervention to protect oil fields and airports. When Gaddafi was removed from power there was an enthusiastic response- what has happened to the so-called Arab Spring? An interview with a researcher from Cambridge University.

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imperialism & war | media criticism 31-Jul-2014 23:56

The Shortwave Report 08/01/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, and The Voice Of Russia.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (August 1) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} )

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

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